At­lantic beach vol­ley­ball tour to be reg­u­lar thing

The sport should be a com­mon sum­mer prac­tice in Cor­ner Brook.

The Western Star - - Close To Home - BY DAVE KEARSEY THE WESTERN STAR [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

The beach vol­ley­ball pro­gram is only in its sec­ond full sea­son in this prov­ince, but Fin­ton Gaudette be­lieves there is a bright fu­ture when it comes to grow­ing the game.

Gaudette, the driv­ing force be­hind the Cor­ner Brook Beach Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, is all smiles af­ter his group played host to an At­lantic Beach Vol­ley­ball Tour stop this past week­end in Cor­ner Brook.

He was happy to have so many of the play­ers praise or­ga­niz­ers for a job well done and he was glad to hear play­ers from both cen­tral and the east coast were im­pressed enough to say they would be pro­mot­ing beach vol­ley­ball to play­ers on the east coast.

The ac­tion was non-stop for three days un­der a scorch­ing sun with tem­per­a­tures hov­er­ing in the high 20s as male and fe­male play­ers in both mi­nor and adult di­vi­sions dug their toes into the sand at the Cor­ner Brook beach vol­ley­ball fa­cil­ity.

“We couldn’t have or­dered bet­ter weather,” Gaudette said. Gaudette ad­mit she had room for a cou­ple of more teams, but rec­og­nized that this year is a tough year to host a tour stop be­cause 2017 hap­pens to be a Canada Games year so many of the top play­ers weren’t avail­able to play in the tour stop be­cause they were busy par­tic­i­pat­ing in other ma­jor events used to get the teams ready for the Games.

The good news is that Cor­ner Brook will now be a reg­u­lar stop on the At­lantic Beach Vol­ley­ball Tour so more play­ers will be en­ticed to give it a whirl next sum­mer.

“For us it’s re­ally go­ing to pro­file the game,” he said.

Even more ex­cit­ing for Gaudette is the real­iza­tion that next year’s tour would have to spread over two week­ends with mi­nor on one and adult on a sep­a­rate week­end.

“If we get any big­ger we’re not go­ing to be able to host it on those two courts,” he said. “It’s a very good prob­lem to have.”

Cor­ner Brook will be send­ing four teams to the At­lantic Beach Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onship at Par­lee Beach in She­diac, N.B., dur­ing the first week of Au­gust.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WESTERN STAR

Pasadena’s Natasha Nor­more, left, and Me­gan White cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing a point against Ju­lianne King and Haleigh Young dur­ing women’s di­vi­sion ac­tion at the At­lantic Beach Vol­ley­ball Tour event Sun­day at the Cor­ner Brook beach vol­ley­ball court....

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